I am not special for having a hard life growing up. There are many people in this world who come from hard lives. I am not special for becoming what most would consider successful, at a young age. There are many young successful people. Especially here in the Silicon Valley.
However, what does make me different is that most of those successful people didn’t come from hard lives and most of the people who came from hard lives didn’t end up becoming successful. I sit right in the middle of those two worlds. I am one of the few who finally found a way to bridge that gap. And I learned a lot along the way.
I had no silver spoon, I had no family connections, and I came from a poor family. I had every right to be angry at the world and play the victim. I could have lived my life blaming society and the system for keeping the poor, working class people like my parents down.
I could have gone through the rest of my life as a victim, blaming everyone else for my problems or I could stand up, own it, and try to be successful so my kids wouldn’t have to repeat the same cycle. One thing I realized in my early twenties is that blame and excuses won’t pay the bills.
Here’s the thing about having a hard life, it doesn’t matter how much blame you place on whatever it was that brought you into that situation, it will never be able to get you out. It’s up to you to build the bridge to get you from where you are now to where you want to be. It’s up to you to bridge the gap.
No matter what your life is today, it doesn’t need to stay that way. Changing your future starts with one thought, one step, right now in the present moment. The decision to no longer be a victim of your circumstances. Remember one thing – victimhood can dig you a hole but it can’t build a ladder to get you out.